Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave (btwn Broadway and Pacific), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
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Yes (incl. American Express)

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  • upstairs
  • jack kerouac
  • north beach
  • beer
  • whiskey
  • happy hour
  • fancy cocktails
  • scenic views
  • cozy
  • gin & tonics
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  • lively
  • good for a late night
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  • Bravo

    Bohemian bar next to City Lights Bookstore. Good place to see some of San Francisco's finest characters. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef

    Bravo · January 27, 2010
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. No matter how many tourists drop in for a pint, it still feels as though it's full of locals. We recommend an Anchor Steam.

    Esquire · February 1, 2011
  • AskMen

    Vesuvio is just dripping with history, and local characters can often be found holding court at the bar. Read more

    AskMen · September 9, 2011
  • Lauren J.

    sit upstairs in the corner and see the bright bright lights of Broadway.

    Lauren Jeter · December 14, 2009
  • Alexander V.

    Check out the gas chandelier. Supposedly the only one left in the city.

    Alexander Voss · October 23, 2010
  • Ryan T.

    Get the absinthe you punk ass.

    Ryan Tomayko · January 11, 2010
  • Namita B.

    don't dress up! it's casual here

    Namita B · September 12, 2009
  • elizabeth S.

    Fun two-story bar with cheap drinks and a great throwback vibe. Nice people watching spot in North Beach.

    elizabeth Scott · March 10, 2010
  • Namita B.

    don't dress up!

    Namita B · September 12, 2009
  • Gopal H.

    Best bar in SF. Perfect for your most pretentious conversations.

    Gopal Hassin · April 29, 2010
  • Hotel F.

    A MUST do in SF. So much history and no matter how many tourists pop in it still feels like our favorite local bar. Mmmmm, Anchor Steam.

    Hotel Frank · March 7, 2011
  • Keegan Y.

    Great low-key bar! Cheap and good drinks, good music, and eclectic atmosphere and ambiance

    Keegan Y-V · November 2, 2010
  • Klassy G.

    Summon the Jack Kerouac: tequila, rum, orange and cranberry juice with a twist of lime.

    Klassy Goldberg · December 18, 2009
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Place to Hang Out with Strippers without Going to a Strip Club. Vesuvio is a great spot to get a drink or three at any hour, and if the... Read more

    SF Weekly · May 31, 2012
  • Jake P.

    try and grab a spot upstairs and watch the tourists hang out front.

    Jake Pfaff · December 29, 2010
  • Erik H.

    From the 2004 Film (Twisted) as well as the Beat Poet Club in So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Erik Hom · March 7, 2012
  • Ed A.

    Try the Charlie sheen - shot and two beers (2.5 men) or the Tom Selleck - shot with three beers (3 men and a baby).

    Ed Aten · May 29, 2011
  • Tom B.

    Go to Vesuvio Cafe- order a Kerouac (though not too many, they pack a punch) and enjoy the Beat Generation ambiance.

    Tom Bevilacqua · December 20, 2009
  • Daria T.

    Probably the best place I've been in Frisco. And it feels sooo beat, if you know what I mean :) come here and enjoy ginger beer and dark rum in one cocktail!

    Daria Tomilova · November 19, 2013
  • Elizabeth K.

    Aesthetically fantastic

    Elizabeth Kinsman · March 12, 2013
  • SFGate M.

    Open since 1948, it's where the Beats convened to quench their thirst. The upstairs nook might be the most perfect people-watching in North Beach.

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
  • jami l.

    Jack Kerouac would hang out here and enjoy a cold drink.

    jami lamaita · July 5, 2011
  • Marcia D.

    a classic - one of the few left

    Marcia D'Orazi · June 7, 2011
  • nils j.

    Really neat place to sit and watch the tourists go by. Table service is something you don't usually see at a dive. Cool decorations, like an authentic version of what TGI Fridays wants to be.

    nils janson · November 16, 2014
  • Stephanie T.

    Get the special - bourbon with a beer.

    Stephanie Thai · March 7, 2014
  • Heather T.

    Drink where Kerouac drank. Teetotallers welcome too: decent selection of tea, plus espresso drinks.

    Heather Terrell · November 18, 2013
  • Jessica R.

    Old Beatnick hangout next to City Lights Bookstore in North Beach. Have a drink where Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy used to spend their evenings.

    Jessica Rae · September 3, 2013
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum

    Beatnik watering hole.

    Contemporary Jewish Museum · August 13, 2013
  • Jennifer M.

    Grab a table upstairs for a nice view of the bar and the streets below and enjoy a yummy Hendrick's Gin and tonic.

    Jennifer Minor · May 5, 2013
  • BeersandBeans

    Try the Jack Keroac - The Jack Keroac special drink. Very tasty and a great vibe at this place! #bar #drinks

    BeersandBeans · March 9, 2013
  • James B.

    The cocktails suck

    James Barg · January 15, 2013
  • Jenn K.

    Love this place for its cheap Happy Hour pitchers and laid-back vibe.

    Jenn K. · November 7, 2012
  • Massine A.

    This bar lacks of topless girls! One of the best bars in the area!

    Massine Amri · September 7, 2012
  • Danny N.

    Get the beer!

    Danny Nguyen · December 4, 2011
  • Lisa P.

    Yummy dark and stormies.

    Lisa P · November 13, 2011
  • Robin S.

    Best bar to take visitors in San Francisco. Real atmosphere.

    Robin Sayer · October 18, 2011
  • Laura F.

    Love, love, love this place. Sit upstairs.

    Laura F · October 1, 2011
  • Matthew H.

    Fly paper airplanes into the lower level.

    Matthew Hunt · September 25, 2009
  • Lily K.

    Casual bar to hang out

    Lily Kwong · 3 hours ago
  • Andrea R.

    Grab a book next door at City Lights and read (and drink) yourself silly.

    Andrea Reyna · 5 days ago
  • Fai V.

    Bring a book and some lunch and sit upstairs to people watch.

    Fai Visuthicho · 6 days ago
  • Joseph T.

    Joanna is awesone. Loved the Sazerac cocktail!

    Joseph Tinner · February 3
  • Solario

    Bring your own lunch.

    Solario · January 24
  • Brian L.

    Cozy balcony for drinks and conversation with friends.

    Brian Longtin · November 22, 2014
  • Thomas D.

    Quite cheap pitcher during happy hour

    Thomas Duchamp · November 16, 2014
  • Alyssa B.

    Cool vibe and history here, pretty reasonable drinks too

    Alyssa Bereznak · September 19, 2014
  • Michelle O.

    Atmosphere is always great here. Crowded yet cozy place to get away from the tourist traps of North Beach and enjoy a beer.

    Michelle O'Riordan · September 14, 2014
  • Michael O.

    Grab yourself a Kerouac. Just make sure your pants are on tight. It's a strong one.

    Michael Ottavi-Brannon · August 17, 2014
  • Lindsay E.

    Jack Kerouac's old hangout and right next to City Lights. In the center of the Barbary Coast and SF's. Definitely feels old school and doesn't feel touristy.

    Lindsay Eyink · August 14, 2014
  • Jay S.

    Get the recession special

    Jay Sublett · August 8, 2014

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